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their community service work. there are saturdays for teenagers, at educating hundreds of area teenagers every year in the art of photography. their parents are welcome to come along, but i have to say that this work, introducing young people from the ages of about 11 through college, about art, photography, and connoisseurship is unprecedented, so i would like to read this. one of the partners in the gallery. would you come up? too serious about this. it has been a long day. i would like to read this because i think it expresses it very eloquently their contribution to the small business community in san francisco. on this night, august 9, 2010,
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we are recognizing their contribution. they have presented over 300 exhibitions exploring photography and its relation to other arts. in addition, the gallery is also renowned for their exceptional catalogs, which spans generations of photography and art. by maintaining relationships with museums, private collectors, and others, this gallery provides visitors in san francisco and the general bay area an opportunity to view a diversity amount of work. the gallery exemplifies the energy that it brings to the arts community, and the small business commission is honored to recognize them for their over 30 years of service in the city and county of san francisco. so thank you very much.
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[applause] >> thank you, janet, and think you, commissioners. this is very nice. we both individually moved here about 36 years ago or so, both of us having had a similar story. we have come here in teenagers and could not get it out of our system. we have a pretty funny business model, which is that our idea is to be there for people who come in, to look at photographs, to like them or not like them, and to a of other questions, so we are very honored. we could not do this anywhere else the way we could do in san francisco. just today, a visitor from canada talked about opening up the space in new york, also, and i said, no. it had entered our mind, yes, but we really did not feel the need to do what we do at the
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level we do it. we work with colleagues in new york and paris and tokyo and switzerland, around the world, and thank you. we can think of no better place to be doing business. thank you very much. to show our thanks, we published a book from the 1840's, a photograph from the george from san francisco, and i brought copies for the commissioners. thank you very much. [applause] >> i would also just like to point out that right now, the frankel gallery is coasting to a show that is four galleries, three other galleries. i do not know how long the show runs. >> it is another two weeks, i guess. it ends one week from saturday, but was a way to outreach.
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we believe in congeniality, not competition, so we are working with three other galleries. we have chosen people from all of our holdings together, so it has allowed some of the newer galleries to have visitors instead of the mormon church galleries.
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but >> commissioners, i am asking to call item no. 8 out of order, the director's report, so that -- there is a section of the director's report that i would like to have provided you, but i have not been able to attend the meetings so cannot speak to it, and the mayor is initiating a program to work on truancy, and our office is going to be working on the program, and so, i wanted to provide a briefing for you, but i have
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been not able to attend the meetings, so i cannot, and christine is here to give us a presentation on it. >> great, thank you. commissioners, item eight, the commissioner's report, an update on the small business assistance center and small business, an update on programs and legislative matters to make announcements regarding small business activities. >> and i would just make one clarification. i am calling this one item not for the director's report, and then we will hear the rest of the director's report later in the meeting. >> thank you very much, commissioners. thank you very much for giving me the time to speak with you. mayor newsom is deputy chief of staff, and there are some issues of truancy, but we are now at a place where we would like to engage the business community and would like to bring this to all of your attention, and we have been working on this, and
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we'll forward to your continued support. truancy and closing the graduation gap is one of the priorities. we began last school year with some great new programs that are involving the local school district and city agencies, and we would now like to broaden that effort to be bought community to make sure that we are really using the it takes a village concept to make sure that we're putting all of the resources that we have to work to make sure that the public school children are getting the best education they can and that there in the classroom getting that education. in that effort, we have now what is called the truancy abatements and to, which opened at the end of the school year and will be opening when school starts, and the idea there is to really have focused resources for students that are out of school, so if a police of this in our school comes across a person who is not in class, we can take them there.
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there are counselors there, and they can be reintegrated into the school community in a meaningful and hopefully quick manner. what we're talking to all of you about is that we would like to bring this message to the merchants in the community and ask them to be partners with us, encouraging people to stay in so that they may have a friendly, supportive conversation with them, that they can put a logo in their window and a storefront to let students know that this is supportive of young people to make sure that they are getting their education. regina has been good enough to invite as to the meeting, where we would like to talk to them about our idea and make sure we're doing it in a way that we are comfortable with and gain their support. and if you would permit me, we would like to invite a couple of women who love been working on the project to show you the concept, the early stages of what we're thinking about in terms of the artwork.
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>> thank you, christine. good evening, commissioners. my name is -- an item with the urban services y.m.c.a.. thank you, regina, for allowing us to present. we have been in the tour into business for over 12 years and have been pretty successful, but only with a particular community of san francisco, and now, with the mayor's efforts, we have the opportunity to offer our services city-wide, so we ran a successful pilot in may of this year that, again, we will expand city-wide, and this is called this is in the school district. parts of this is with urban services and the ymca. we do human service, and we'll be doing assessments of young people once the police of buses bring them in, or parents can bring them in, where you can
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refer them to come to our center, as well. this is an example of some of the art work and we hope we can adorn in some of your businesses. valerie is our marketing consultants, who is helping us to put together these concepts, so this may be the poster that we have asked merchants to a door in their store, too, again, as she said, to encourage people to stay in school, and if they need resources to go back to school, to refer them to the center. if not the posters, she has also helped us to develop a sticker that may be along side your visa-mastercard.
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this is to support the arts and their education. we would like to come back and provide more information, or we look forward to meeting with you to find out how we might incorporate small businesses and to our campaign to get the word out to young people and their families to further their education and stay in school. thank you. president yee riley: vice president clyde, you have something? vice president clyde: you have the address? >> yes, this is for the city and county of san francisco. we have counselors, again both
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academic counselors. dot yes. -- yes. they keep for having this. >> and one thing i do want to add it is that as christine mentioned, and when we get back to our director's report, we are having a meeting with the merchants associations on wednesday, but i do know that at one point, the residence and the merchants association kind of work together on a concept like this. though not quite having the resources there, the concept of the village working together to support our kids. >> do you have a website or more information so we can share it we are in the process of developing that as part of our campaign.
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the department of children services site, there will be links, and we will definitely be out there with the small businesses. president yee riley: thank you. we will return to the regular agenda. clerk: thank you, commissioners, so we will return to item no. 8. item number five, a discussion and possible action to make recommendations to the board of supervisors on board of supervisors by a number petc100. president yee riley: excuse me. since korea presenters for item number six, item speaking is
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that ok with you, commissioners? clerk: commissioners, then we are now on item number six, presentation and discussion of wthe doyle drive bde/sbe utilization program. this is a discussion item. president yee riley: welcomed. >> thank you. i know the gallery quite well. when i was present -- president, they were always stepping up to the plate when they're needed to be support, so congratulations to the commission for understanding how incredible the gallery is. so my name is -- and thank you very much for the opportunity to be with you today. this replacement project which is just over $1 billion in value, has been growing robustly
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over the past several years, and more importantly, in the past year since nancy pelosi was able to secure the final funding for that project, what we are here to talk about is the business program, and we want to be brief and to the poinsettia bowl and understand what we are doing, who is doing it, and where we are taking it from here, because we all know that it is now more important than ever that small businesses and disadvantaged businesses, putting them to work and keeping them in business, so our team is pretty unique. i will kick it off to introduce our team, and then mr. butler will take it from there, and i will rounded out. -- round it out. >> good afternoon, commissioners. my name is when kaplan, and it is a pleasure to be here today. -- gwen kaplan.
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note i am a two-term past president of this commission, and i was present when the small business commission went to being a full commission in 1998, so i am proud to see the good work that you have continued to do for smoak -- so many small businesses. my business itself is a direct marketing company on 16th street, ace mailing, walking distance from here, and i am pleased to be joined on the team from the buttner enterprise group, who is with us today, and randy, from an industrial company, who is not with us, but he is a native-american-owned business, and another who is very active in the asian american business community. .that person is on our team, as well as rick from a disabled
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veteran enterprise, an engineering company, so together, we really do form the rainbow correlation bringing our best to doyle drive. regina has been a tremendous supporter of us of all of our activities, and she has been with us from day one since we started one year ago, making sure san francisco businesses are fully engaged in getting business from the doyle drive reconstruction. she has helped us in activities, such as getting the word out through the database to the upcoming lbe to sbe certification workshops, and office of small business has been critical to the success, so, dirk, i am going to ask you to share with the commissioners
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an overview of our four-step process to make sure that as many businesses as possible get to work on doyle driave. -- drive. >> thank you, gwen. our four-step process is very unique. it is basically a straightforward process that is really concentrated on creating results. one of the things that we do is we work with caltrans to take a look at the opportunity to take a look at the various contracts from $1,000 of the way up to $10 million, and once we determine what -- determine what these opportunities are, then we go to the second step, which is when we go to her and bring her entire team in. what is unique about this process is that, one, we take a
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look at the national data base. we take a look at the state database and match them up with the opportunities, so we can be able to pair the two together or help so they can sort through who would be the best teams. third, once we actually go through that particular process, our third process -- we go through it basically doing the outreach. $50 million itself. 300 people showed up, small businesses.
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we were proud to be a part of a fact that this was a contract, which was forgetting others to participate. finally, and most importantly, the final state of the process, and report of tracking actual dollars. this is unique because most programs, the only track commitments and promises. what we tried is actual payments to small businesses. we are looking to see about the actual commitments and promises that they turn in to things and to see that they have an opportunity to participate on it, and most importantly, we do not just to outreach or identify contracts. we also technically assess these businesses, and, of course, when the contractors are participating, which is very
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important to make sure that things go very well and that they can be successful. i would like to turn this over note to paul, -- over now to paul. we are really excited. >> doyle drive is unique. they hold all of the contracts for construction. spicuzza this is headed up by -- this is headed up by jose luis. they are amazingly committed people. we owe them an amount of gratitude, because it is not easy dealing with caltrans from time to time. and because on tolo drive, there are disadvantaged, note there are no local business goals, and we know we cannot do, but we
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know we can also do, and they have been really great. 127 different chambers of commerce throughout san francisco. we also believe that these plans are large, they are huge, and if you have to pay for the printing of these, you are going to be putting out $400 just to find out if you actually have an opportunity. we actually got rid of that barrier, a drug san francisco and the bay area, we have paid to have those specs free of charge so that anybody can take a look at what is in those contracts. that has been really successful. the website has been great. we are using some innovations to hear directly from small businesses the are successful so that it is in their own words. note on contract number one, we are right now at 82% small-
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business participation. there are environmental contracts and other contracts, building stabilization contracts, so 82% of all go to small businesses. one brothers company has really set the standard. he had a $25 million construction contract to do all of the relocation. he gave 62% of that contract to small businesses, .and a large number of local businesses. statewide, , there are currently on a statewide level. statewide, they are getting to%. so you can see why our numbers are so off the charts. on a contract number three, we have only one hardball to go out.
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caltrans, that was 6.5%. contra four is the construction of tunnels, and we have been working very closely with theresa sparks on local participation, and we are currently at 17.56% of all dollars paid that are going to san francisco lbe certified business, and this is construction, and this is unheard of. we really want to push back to jose and the enormous whether
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they have engaged this, because it really is putting people back to work, keeping small businesses in, and on july 1, we had an event, and julie, if you could stand up, she is with a view. she and her husband had had an exceptional business. just like two seconds about your business, because this is how the rubber meets the road. >> i thank you for the opportunity to speak briefly about my business. my business is concrete pumping, which seems very odd for a woman to do that, but i love construction. i love seeing things constructed and put together, so i actually
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had an opportunity to meet paul at one of the outreach events, and i was one of 1500 people who were looking for work that day, and all of the general contractors where there that were on this particular project, so i had an opportunity to meet with every single one of them face to face and told them how my business could team up with their business, and i was very successful with that outreach event. i was able to get a contract with two, and this gives me as a small business, since i have been able to go to the outreach event, an opportunity to compete. i can now compete with some of the large contractors, where i could never do that before, and as a result of this particular business, the outreach event, and getting some of his business on doyle drivek i have increased my business by 65%, which is unheard of.
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we were also able to purchase equipment, so we now have two branyan pieces of equipment that we can place on the project and utilize them there, so it is a wonderful experience, and it has allowed me a great opportunity i would never, ever have had before. thank you, paul. >> well, commissioners, our message here today is for san francisco and to the commission and the board of supervisors. we are truly able to make success for small business, and we're becoming not just statewide but the national model, on how to do a successful program, and it is only because of the assistance of the commission, and we truly hope that -- to put more stuff on the website, it is all about your effort and your leadership, because a lot of these big government agencies do not listen to small businesses, so your voice is so important, and i really want to underscore,
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please, keep up the great work, because it truly matters for people like jolie and others, so thank you. are there any questions? -- people like julie. >> by heard what a difference it makes for small business, because of the contracts, but since the project is in san francisco, and i really would like to see more participation. can you share with me but some of your challenges are? >> sure. there were two phases. there is the engineering parts, professional services, engineers, architects, and so forth, and we have a much larger percentage of those contracts because san francisco has a large number of businesses. on construction, for instance, knoxville a lot of big
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equipment, very, very large pylons, when we can find them, weather is a challenge is competing price wise. we are paying a lot more. whether it is insurance costs or whatever, san francisco has a larger burden. we are competing against businesses and other parts of the bay area or california. a lot of businesses need a lot

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